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Ronaldo Rescues A Point For Real Madrid

Gareth Bale received the first red card of his Real Madrid career as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late double to rescue a point for Zinedine Zidane’s side in a breathtaking game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After Barcelona had moved top of La Liga earlier with a 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon, Real made the perfect start when Isco gave them an eighth-minute lead – the 45th consecutive game in which the side had scored to break Barcelona’s 73-year Spanish league record.

But Las Palmas responded, with Tana Dominguez equalising two minutes later with a thunderous shot, before Bale had a moment of madness as he clashed with Jonathan Viera. Referee David Fernandez Borbalan initially booked the Welshman for a foul before showing him a straight red card for the subsequent push as tensions boiled over.

Las Palmas took full advantage with the extra man as Real Madrid, in their efforts to take the lead, conceded a penalty through Sergio Ramos.

The defender made a clear movement with his hands towards the ball as Simon Santana fired his effort goalwards and the referee was well-placed to award the spot-kick.

Viera ignored the boos to coolly slot the ball down the middle, although Keylor Navas will feel he ought to have done better.

The Costa Rican certainly didn’t cover himself in glory for Las Palmas’ third as Kevin-Prince Boateng capitalised on his uncertainty to tap in a third three minutes later on the break.

Real were clearly angered and Toni Kroos’ free-kick into the box was headed onto the crossbar by Ramos, before a break down the other end from Jese required Navas to palm his powerful effort to safety.

The hosts threw further caution to the wind as they continued to neglect their defensive duties with former Madrid forward Jese firing the ball across the box and just missing the foot of Simon.

Real then had a huge chance to pull a goal back as substitutes Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez combined to set up the Frenchman, but Benzema could only hook his shot over the crossbar.

But Real, who had three goals ruled out during the course of the game, dug deep and it was that man Ronaldo who rescued his side once more.

The Portuguese’s interventions denied Las Palmas a first win at the Bernabeu in their 33 visits, first converting from the spot following a handball from Dani Castellano, before rising at the near post to level as the game entered stoppage time.

Real Madrid, who are seeking thier first title since 2012, remain second in the table on 56 points despite the incredible late drama.

They are one point behind Barcelona – albeit they have their game in hand against Celta Vigo still to play.

It will almost certainly been viewed as two points dropped by Zinedine Zidane against a side off the back of four straight defeats.

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